Actor and impressionist Rich Little and novelist and radio and TV host Tara Newley Arkle will join us, plus we will play Part 2 of our conversation with Emmy nominated writer/producer Ted Bergman. All this on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Sept. 25-27 at the following times and venues:
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This week’s program will include a return visit by legendary master mimic Rich Little. Arguably the most famous impressionist in the world, Rich’s arsenal of voices include such classic movie stars as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Cary Grant, and George Burns; Baby Boomer favorites such as Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Paul Lynde, Andy Rooney, William Devane, and Kermit the Frog; the King of Late Night Television, Johnny Carson; and every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy.
Rich is getting ready for his very first virtual concert performance, Rich Little… Virtually Speaking, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15. We’ll ask Rich what viewers might expect that night, plus we’ll talk about some of his many non-impressionist acting roles, including his work on such Screen Gems favorites as Love on a Rooftop and The Flying Nun. Rich Little will join us in our second hour.
Rich Little… Virtually Speaking will be streamed live from a socially distant location on Thursday, Oct. 15 beginning at 8:30pm ET 5:30pm PT. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting StageIt.com or TheRichLittle.com.
Rich Little is also the author of People I’ve Known and Been: Little By Little (recently re-released and now available online), a collection of stories and anecdotes of some of the many notable showbiz figures and politicians that he has impersonated over the years. The book also features more than 100 photographs (many of which are in color) plus some of Rich’s favorite original charcoal sketches. All proceeds from sales of the Little by Little book will support U.S. veterans, by way of the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Also joining us this week will be radio and TV host, producer, and novelist Tara Newley Arkle. The daughter of singer/songwriter Anthony Newley and film and television legend Dame Joan Collins, Tara clearly has show business in her blood, while her family heritage in entertainment traces back more than a century to the era of vaudeville during the Boer War.
Tara draws on her background as a radio DJ and talk show host with her first novel, Radio Honey, a coming of age story about the simmering sexual tensions of an all-female radio station in London. Radio Honey not only asks the eternal question “Is there a formula for love?” but has many stylistic elements that will remind you of Sex and the City as well as such classic workplace comedies as The Office, 30 Rock, Frasier, and WKRP in Cincinnati. Tara Newley Arkle will join us in our first hour.
Our first hour will include Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with Emmy nominated writer, producer, and author Ted Bergman. Ted spent forty years writing and producing comedy and variety shows for television, including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (where he was the youngest staff writer at the time, and the show for which he received his Emmy nomination), All in the Family, The Hollywood Squares, The Jonathan Winters Show, What’s Happening, Gimme a Break, The Munsters, and Sanford and Son. Among other things, we’ll talk about working with Redd Foxx on Sanford and Son, as well as Ted’s experience on comedy/variety shows of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Ted Bergman’s memoir, Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer: Forty Years of Fame, Fear and Combat Inside the Writers Room, not only includes behind the scenes stories of working with the likes of Garry Shandling, Steve Martin, Redd Foxx, Flip Wilson, and Jonathan Winters, but captures the highs, lows and various in-betweens that just about every professional writer experiences, no matter which genre or industry.
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